<h5>15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 - Day Eight</h5>
<p>BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Jared Tallent of Australia celebrates after crossing the finish line to win silver in the Men's 50km Race Walk final during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China.</p>
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Jared Tallent

Jared Tallent

Athlete Biography

With his three Olympic medals Jared Tallent is one medal away from being Australia's most successful male athletics competitor. He became the first Australia male track and field athlete to win two medals at a single Games in over a century when he won bronze (20km) and then silver (50km) in Beijing.

Tallent crossed the line in the silver position again in the 50km in London (7th in 20km) for his third Olympic medal. He is expected to be elevated to gold after Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin was stripped of his results for doping.

Tallent's wife and coach Claire competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 in the 20km walk

Tallent's younger sister Rachel has been selected to compete in the 20km walk at Rio 2016. She also represented Australia at the 2015 World Championships.

Tallent was one of six children raised on a potato farm near Ballarat, Victoria. He lost his right index finger in a potato grading machine as a toddler.

Fast Facts

  • Sport
    Athletics
  • Status
    Selected
  • Event/s
    50km Walk Men
  • Nickname
    JT
  • Height
    178
  • Weight
    58
  • Age
    31
  • Born
    Ballarat, VIC, Australia
  • Lives
    Adelaide, SA, Australia

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 2nd (50km walk), 7th (20km walk)
  • 2008 Beijing - 3rd (20km walk), 2nd (50km walk)

Recent Performances

  • 2nd (50km) - 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (Rome, Italy)
  • 2nd (50km walk) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 26th (20km walk) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
  • 3rd (50km walk) - 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup (Taicang, China)
  • 3rd (50km walk) - 2013 IAAF World Championships (Moscow, Russia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning two medals (silver and bronze) at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the 50km and 20km walk respectively
  • Winning a silver medal at the London Olympic Games in the 50km walk
  • Silver medal at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in the 50km walk

Education

  • Primary
    Dean Primary School (VIC, Australia)
  • Secondary
    Ballarat High School (VIC, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) - RMIT (2008 - )

Training

  • Coach
    Claire Tallent (2013- current) Previously, Brent Vallance (2004 - 2012)
  • Club
    South Australian Race Walking Club, Australia, Enfield Harriers Athletics Club, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    SASI
  • Primary Training Base
    Adelaide, Australia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Canberra, Australia

Q&A

Favourite food
Pizza
Favourite holiday destination
Vietnam
Dream car
Aston Martin DB10
Star Sign
Libra
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Triathlon

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